tv 2015 White House Correspondents Association Dinner Arrivals CSPAN April 26, 2015 5:30am-6:31am EDT
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>> the white house correspondents association hosted its annual dinner last night and washington, d.c.. one of the 2600 people attended. numbers of the media, government officials, and celebrities from sports, film, and television. here's a look at some the coverage of the red carpet outside. [indiscernible]
peter: live coverage of the 2015 white house correspondents dinner red carpet arrival. ivanka trump on your screen. her father, donald trump, will be attending this year's dinner. now if you are on twitter, you want to follow along, #whcd. that is the place to be. that stands for white house correspondents dinner. lots of tweets coming in. we can't white keep up with everything -- quite keep up with everything there. this tweet came in a while ago. this is michael kelly from "house of cards." he is at the dinner as well. [indiscernible]
plays one of the inept aids. he is talking with mark halperin who is with bloomberg. you saw a gentleman who was being interviewed and you might not have recognized him. but that was lucious malfoy from the harry potter movies. not a thing like the character in those movies. c-span's live coverage of the 2015 white house correspondents dinner. [indiscernible]
peter: of course, that is gayle king from cbs news, oprah's best friend, that's how she is also known. washington hilton hotel has hosted the white house correspondents dinner for the last 40 or so years and this will be live tonight the 2015 dinner. you'll hear from president obama and cecily strong from "saturday night live" is the entertainment. 7:50 p.m. eastern time is when the festivities in the ballroom get underway and then the post-dinner program begins at about 8:30 p.m. [indiscernible]
saturday night. today, there is an event called the garden brunch. it's hosted by tammy haddad who is a washington resident, of washington society, a former tv producer and one of the guests at her brunch was mike kelley, you might know him as doug on "house of cards." c-span, up with him. peter: mike kelly, "house of cards," a.k.a. doug. >> pretty cool. peter: you've attended this dinner before? >> it's my third one. i love it. for me, this and the emmys right up there. peter: why? >> you meet so many incredibly interesting people. we meet other actors and stuff all the time, but meeting politicians and correspondence
-- i love it. peter: who are you excited to meet? are you a guest of abc tonight? >> i'm a guest of reuters. i would love see -- to see chris matthews as he is one of my favorites. to meet the president would be a real thrill for me. peter: what do you think about the real-world intersection between hollywood and washington and what you do for a living? >> you mean my -- obviously, we dramatize the whole thing. i pray to god it's not like that. i do have a young staffer, not the same one but some young staffer will come to meet every year at the event and say i know. maybe not murderers, but a lot of efficient men out there.
welcome to the white house correspondents dinner. it is the night when washington celebrates itself. somebody has got to do it. and welcome to the fourth quarter of my presidency. it's true. [applause] that was michelle cheering. [laughter] the fact is i feel more loose and relaxed than ever. those joe biden shoulder massages -- they are like magic. [laughter] you should try one. oh, you have. [laughter] i am determined to make the most of every moment i have left. after the midterm elections, my advisors asked me, mr.
president, if i had a bucket list for it i said, i have something that rhymes with bucket list. [laughter] [applause] take executive action on immigration? bucket. regulations? bucket. the right thing to do. [laughter] my new attitude is paying off. look at my cuba policy. the castro brothers are here tonight. welcome to america, amigos. que pasa? what? it's the castros from texas?
oh. hi, julian. anyway. being president is never easy. i still have to fix the broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with iran all while finding time to pray five times a day. [laughter] [applause] it is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. i look so old john boehner has already invited netanyahu to speak at my funeral. [laughter] meanwhile, michelle has not aged a day. [applause] i asked her what her secret is
and she just says fresh fruits and vegetables. it is aggravating. [laughter] the fact is though at this point my legacy is finally beginning to take shape. the economy is getting better. nine out of 10 americans have health coverage. [applause] today thanks to obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing insurance if you lose your job. you are welcome, senate democrats. [laughter] look, it is true. i have not managed to make everybody happy. six years into my presidency some people still say i am arrogant and aloof. condescending. some people are so dumb.
[laughter] no wonder i don't meet with them. that is not all people say about me. a few weeks ago, dick cheney said, he thinks i am the worst president of his lifetime. which is interesting, because i think dick cheney is the worst president of my lifetime. [laughter] [applause] what a coincidence. everybody has got something to say these days. my cost of the -- mike huckabee recently said people shouldn't join our military until a true conservative is elected president. think about that. it was so outrageous that 47 ayatollah's wrote us a letter trying to explain to huckabee how our system works.
[applause] [laughter] it gets worse. just this week, michele bachmann actually predicted that i would bring about the biblical end of days. now that's a legacy. [laughter] [applause] that's big. i mean, lincoln, washington, they didn't do that. [laughter] i have to put this stuff aside. i have to stay focused on my job. for many americans, this is still a time of deep uncertainty. for example, i have one friend, just a few weeks ago, she was making millions of dollars a year and she is now living out of a van in iowa. [laughter]
[applause] meanwhile, back here in our nation's capital, we are always dealing with new challenges. i'm happy to report that the secret service thanks to great reporting that they are focusing on some of the issues that have, up. -- come up. they have finally figured out a fool proof way to keep people off my lawn. [laughter] it works. it's not just fence jumpers. as some of you know, a few months ago, a drone crashed landed out back. that was pretty serious, but don't worry, we installed a new state-of-the-art security system.
[laughter] let me set the record straight. i teased joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years. i love that man. [applause] he's not just a great vice president, he is a great friend. we have gotten so close, in some places in indiana, they will not serve us pizza anymore. [laughter] [applause] i want to thank our host for the evening, a chicago girl, the incredibly talented cecily strong. [applause] on "saturday night live," she impersonates cnn anchor brooke
baldwin, which is surprising because usually the only people impersonating journalists on cnn are journalists on cnn. [laughter] abc is here with stars from their big new comedy "blackish." it is a great show. i have to give abc fair warning being blackish only makes you popular for so long. trust me. [laughter] there is a shelf life to that thing. [laughter] as always, the reporters here had a lot to cover over the past year on the east coast. one big story was the brutal winter. the polar vortex cause so many record lows that they renamed it msnbc.
but of course, let's face it. there is one issue on every reporters mind and that is twice 16. we have already seen missteps. turns out jeb bush identifies himself as hispanic back in you 2009. know what? i understand, it's a mistake. it reminds me of when i identify myself as american in 1961. ted cruz said that denying the existence of climate change made him like galileo. [laughter] now that's not really an apt comparison. galileo believed the earth revolves around the sun. ted cruz believes the earth revolves around ted cruz. [laughter]
just as an aside, i want to point out -- when a guy who has his face on a hope poster calls you self-centered, you know you have a problem. the narcissism index is creeping up a little too high. meanwhile, rick santorum announced he would not attend a same-sex wedding of a friend or loved to which gays and lesbians one. across the country responded, that's not going to be a problem. [laughter] [applause] don't sweat that one. and donald trump is here. still. [laughter] anyway, it's amazing how time flies. soon the first presidential
contest will take place, and i for one cannot wait to see who the koch brothers pick. it's exciting. marco rubio, rand paul, ted cruz, jeb bush, scott walker who will finally get that red rose? the winner gets a billion-dollar war chest. the runner-up gets to be the bachelor on the next season of "the bachelor." but seriously -- a billion dollars from just two guys. is it just me or does that feel a little excessive? it's almost insulting to the candidates. the koch brothers think they need to spend a billion dollars to get folks to like one of these people.
it's got to hurt their feelings a little bit. i know i have raised a lot of money, too. in all fairness, my middle name is hussain. what's their excuse? [laughter] [applause] the trail hasn't been easy for my fellow democrats, either. as we know, hillary's e-mails got her in trouble. frankly, i thought her private instagram account would cause her bigger problems. [laughter] hillary kicks things off by going completely unrecognized at a chipotle. not to be outdone, mark o'malley -- martin o'malley went completely unrecognized at a martin o'malley campaign event. [laughter]
bernie sanders might run. i like bernie. bernie is an interesting guy fit apparently -- bernie is an interesting guy. apparently some folks want to see a pot smoking socialist in the white house. we could get a third obama term after all. [laughter] [applause] it could happen. as always, i want to close a more serious note. i often joke about tensions between me and the press. but honestly what they say doesn't bother me. i understand we have an adversarial system. i'm a mellow sort of guy. that's why i invited luther, my anger translator, to join me here tonight. [laughter] [applause]
luther: hold on to your lily-white butts. president obama: in our fast-changing world traditions like the white house correspondents dinner are important. luther: i mean, really. what is this dinner? and why am i required to come to it? jeb bush do you really want to do this? president obama: we count on the press to shed light on the most important issues. luther: and we can count on fox news to terrify some old white people with some nonsense. sharia laws coming to cleveland. run for the dam hills. y'all is ridiculous. [laughter] president obama: we always won't see i die. luther: cnn, thank you so much
for the wall-to-wall ebola coverage. we were one step away from "the walking dead." and then you all got off and went on to the next thing. that was awesome. oh, and by the way, you don't have ebola. president obama: i still deeply appreciate the work that you do. luther: ya'll remember when we had that big old hole in the gulf of mexico? and i plugged that? remember that? which obama's katrina was that one? was it 19 or 20? i can't remember. president obama: protecting our democracy is more important than ever. the supreme court ruled that the donor who gave ted cruz $6 million was exercising free speech. luther: speech like this, i just wasted $6 million. [laughter] president obama: it is not just republicans. hillary will have to raise huge sums of money, too. luther: oh, yeah. she gonna get that money.
she gonna get all the money. [laughter] [applause] khalesi is coming to westoros. watch out. christi:president obama: the nonstop focus on billionaire donor's creates problems for democracy. luther: and that's why we running for a third term. president obama: no, we're not. we need to stay focused on big challenges, like climate change. luther: california is bone dry. it looks like a trailer for a new "mad max" movie up in there. ya'll think bradley cooper came here because he wants to talk to chuck god? -- check dodd --
chucjkk dodd? he needs a glass of water. [laughter] president obama: the science is clear. nine out of the 10 hottest years ever were in the past decade. luther: now i'm not a scientist, but i know how to count to 10. president obama: rising seas violent storms. luther: mosquitos, sweaty people on the train stanking it up, it's just nasty. president obama: look at what is happening right now. the pentagon says it is a national security risk. instead of doing anything about it, we have elected officials throwing snowballs in the senate. it is crazy. what about our kids? what kind of stupid, shortsighted irresponsible -- luther: hey! [applause]